Local News

Mom runs over baby in car seat

Posted October 12, 2010

— A Warren County infant was critically injured Monday morning when his mother accidentally ran over him while he was strapped into a car seat, authorities said Tuesday.

Shakita Williams, 26, of 132 Norlina Pines Drive, set the car seat down in front of her Ford Explorer while she put two older children into the SUV at about 7:30 a.m., Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams said.

She then ran back into her apartment to see if she had forgotten anything inside before getting back into the vehicle, he said.

As the Explorer pulled forward, Shakita Williams told investigators, she felt like the SUV hit something, so she backed up a bit and climbed out to see what it was.

She then saw the baby in the car seat under the vehicle, the sheriff said.

A frantic Shakita Williams told a 911 dispatcher that she had thrown bags of trash into the back of the SUV to drop off at a nearby bin. She was trying to get to work on time and forgot that she hadn't loaded the baby into the vehicle.

"I didn't mean it. I'm so sorry. I didn’t mean it," she sobbed in the call.

The baby, who is almost 3 months old, was breathing and conscious, she told the dispatcher. He was listed in critical condition Tuesday at Duke University Hospital.

Charges are pending, the sheriff said.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • gnewsome1 Oct 12, 2010

    What a tragedy for everyone. Prayers to all.

  • sdsmith Oct 12, 2010

    Very sad. We've all got to slow down just a little more. Including me. God bless the family.

  • GingerTea Oct 12, 2010

    oh no, i am so sorry to hear this. prayers for all of them.

  • ckblackm Oct 12, 2010

    RIP little one.

  • trust Oct 12, 2010

    Prayers to the mother and family. I hope that she has a lot of love and support. God's peace and comfort upon her.

  • u stand corrected Oct 12, 2010

    Amen ambygirl!!!

  • shortcake53 Oct 12, 2010

    St.Ives, some people think they can stomp all over someone elses feelings, as long as they say "God Bless" at the end.

  • bigmelons2004 Oct 12, 2010

    All I can say is, if it was a true accident, there is absolutely nothing anyone can do to her that will make her feel worse than she already does. NOTHING. She will beat herself up far worse than anyone else ever could.

  • shortcake53 Oct 12, 2010

    So much sadness involving children lately. Just breaks my heart.

  • St Ives Oct 12, 2010

    Shortcake53 Lets face it a lot of people use God as a shield, and also as a sword! They do what they do and think what they think in the name of God!